Skip to comments.Conservative Author David Barton Says Obama Is Most Biblically Hostile US President
Posted on 03/12/2012 9:46:01 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
David Barton, an influential conservative activist promoting America's Judeo-Christian heritage, has joined a long list of critics of President Obama's contraceptive mandate and its impact on religious liberties. But Barton has taken his criticism one step further in a recent blog post by claiming that the Obama administration is the most Biblically hostile in U.S. history.
The Texas-based evangelical author and self-taught historian wrote in his latest WallBuilders post:
"So perhaps the most accurate description of his (President Obama) antipathy toward Catholics, Protestants, religious Jews, and the Jewish nation would be to characterize him as anti-Biblical. And then when his hostility toward Biblical people of faith is contrasted with his preferential treatment of Muslims and Muslim nations, it further strengthens the accuracy of the anti-Biblical descriptor."
The Christian Post contacted White House officials on Friday asking for a response to Barton's post but did not receive a statement by press time.
Barton cites numerous examples of the president's comments and actions that he says support his accusation. The list includes the White House's insistence that religious symbols at the site of Obama's speaking engagements be covered up when he speaks, Obama's nomination of three pro-abortion individuals as ambassadors to the Vatican (all of whom were rejected by the Vatican), and his recent contraceptive mandate that would require all insurance companies, including religious organizations that may be self-insured, to provide free birth control to all women.
Barton's latest criticism of the president has raised the ire of some in the Obama administration and leading Christian Democrats.
David Kennedy, a Colorado attorney and author of, You Voted for Who? And You Call Yourself a Christian?, defended President Obama and called into question the motives of some of the nation's leading evangelical leaders.
"Whether it be the likes of Franklin Graham or David Barton, there are many poli-religious leaders in our faith who need to be exposed for their ulterior political motives when they level these types of Pharisaical insults at President Obama or any Christian politician," said Kennedy in an email to The Christian Post.
"Thus far, I have seen President Obama's faith that of a Christian to be evident daily in his actions and decisions, and I applaud his ability to show his faith while defending the rights of all faiths and interests."
Barton, 56, began his career by first serving as a young minister and high school teacher before founding Specialty Research Associates in 1987, which later became WallBuilders. In addition, he is the former co-chair of the Republican Party of Texas.
In April of 2009, Barton penned an article titled, Is President Obama Correct: Is America No Longer a Christian Nation? in which he cited remarks President Obama made in Turkey his first overseas trip that occurred only months after he took office about America not strictly being a Christian nation.
"As I've said before, one of the great strengths of the United States is and as I've mentioned we have a very large Christian population, we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values," Obama had said. "I think Turkey modern Turkey was founded with a similar set of principles."
Barton and others have questioned why Obama's explanation of the nation's Christian heritage differed from those of previous presidents who have publicly declared America is indeed a Christian nation.
Democrat President Harry Truman, for instance, in a letter to Pope Pius XII in August of 1947 wrote, "this is a Christian Nation," and "As a Christian Nation our earnest desire is to work with men of good will everywhere to banish war and the causes of war from the world whose Creator desired that men of every race and in every clime should live together in peace, good will and mutual trust."
Barton concluded his latest post by claiming Obama's "acts of hostility toward people of Biblical faith" are "literally unprecedented."
So which candidate is Mr. Barton promoting?
David Barton is a hack who should be avoided by all serious conservatives.
Have you heard him speak?
By the way, he is a walking encyclopedia on the Constitution!
RE: David Barton is a hack who should be avoided by all serious conservatives.
So, could you kindly remind us again what this guy did to be called a hack?
Indeed he is!! I hate to say it but I can't keep up with him. Glad he is around for WeThePeople's sake.
Hostility is what you get from militants, and Obama is nothing, if not a militant black man and a good Marxist militant, both of which consider the Bible, the Constitution and Capitalism to be instruments the white man has used to suppress and control the struggling masses. People who don’t understand Obama are doomed to be destroyed or enslaved by him.
I’ll take his endorsement anyday!
If he is endorsing anyone is is NOT Romney. I’ll bet my life on that.
I am sure that is true.
Still, I would like to know what a man of such erudition is doing during the time of national decision.
Was Mr. Barton a part of the recent meetings where the social conservatives decided to throw their collective weight behind Rick Santorum? They appear to have been quite successful in their support of Senator Santorum.
“David Barton is a hack who should be avoided by all serious conservatives.”
David Barton is a solid conservative, a solid scholar and a great man.
And fools should avoid posting unfounded, derogatory comments about him.
Here is a partial listing of the atrocities from that link:
1. Acts of hostility toward people of Biblical faith:
April 2008 Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they cling to guns or religion and have an antipathy to people who aren't like them. 1
February 2009 Obama announces plans to revoke conscience protection for health workers who refuse to participate in medical activities that go against their beliefs, and fully implements the plan in February 2011. 2
April 2009 When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus' name be covered when he is making his speech. 3
May 2009 Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House. 4
April 2009 In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejected all three. 5
October 19, 2010 Obama begins deliberately omitting the phrase about the Creator when quoting the Declaration of Independence an omission he has made on no less than seven occasions. 6
November 2010 Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is E pluribus unum rather than In God We Trust as established by federal law. 7
January 2011 After a federal law was passed to transfer a WWI Memorial in the Mojave Desert to private ownership, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the cross in the memorial could continue to stand, but the Obama administration refused to allow the land to be transferred as required by law, and refused to allow the cross to be re-erected as ordered by the Court. 8
February 2011 Although he filled posts in the State Department, for more than two years Obama did not fill the post of religious freedom ambassador, an official that works against religious persecution across the world; he filled it only after heavy pressure from the public and from Congress. 9
April 2011 For the first time in American history, Obama urges passage of a non-discrimination law that does not contain hiring protections for religious groups, forcing religious organizations to hire according to federal mandates without regard to the dictates of their own faith, thus eliminating conscience protection in hiring. 10
August 2011 The Obama administration releases its new health care rules that override religious conscience protections for medical workers in the areas of abortion and contraception. 11
November 2011 Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin Roosevelts famous D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial. 12
November 2011 Unlike previous presidents, Obama studiously avoids any religious references in his Thanksgiving speech. 13
December 2011 The Obama administration denigrates other countries' religious beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual rights. 14
January 2012 The Obama administration argues that the First Amendment provides no protection for churches and synagogues in hiring their pastors and rabbis. 15
February 2012 The Obama administration forgives student loans in exchange for public service, but announces it will no longer forgive student loans if the public service is related to religion. 16
I don’t know. It is only recently I’m seeing posts about him. I found him by accident on TV once awhile back. I was flabbergasted at what I didn’t know when I could keep up - like anything. LOL!! And things I never thought of.
I don’t remember him in earlier elections but maybe if the name was mentioned I didn’t know him - so I don’t know if he makes public endorsements.
His endorsement would be gold and usually I’m not so impressed by endorsements because they are political favors, friends, media/advertisers limits.
But his is in a class by itself.
Thank you. Someone is keeping track for the history books and/or whatever. GREAT!
You need to explain this or else admit your error. Otherwise we serious conservatives will be avoiding you, I reckon.
I'll spare the snark you deserve. Barton's Original Intent is the most thoroughly footnoted, referenced book you'll ever find. It destroys the "wall of separation" nonsense.
2. Acts of hostility from the Obama-led military toward people of Biblical faith:
June 2011 The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids references to God and Jesus during burial ceremonies at Houston National Cemetery. 17
August 2011 The Air Force stops teaching the Just War theory to officers in California because the course is taught by chaplains and is based on a philosophy introduced by St. Augustine in the third century AD a theory long taught by civilized nations across the world (except America). 18
September 2011 Air Force Chief of Staff prohibits commanders from notifying airmen of programs and services available to them from chaplains. 19
September 2011 The Army issues guidelines for Walter Reed Medical Center stipulating that No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading materials and/or facts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit. 20
November 2011 The Air Force Academy rescinds support for Operation Christmas Child, a program to send holiday gifts to impoverished children across the world, because the program is run by a Christian charity. 21
November 2011 The Air Force Academy pays $80,000 to add a Stonehenge-like worship center for pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans. 22
February 2012 The U. S. Military Academy at West Point disinvites three star Army general and decorated war hero Lieutenant General William G. (Jerry) Boykin (retired) from speaking at an event because he is an outspoken Christian. 23
February 2012 The Air Force removes God from the patch of Rapid Capabilities Office (the word on the patch was in Latin: Dei). 24
February 2012 The Army orders Catholic chaplains not to read a letter to parishioners that their archbishop asked them to read. 25
3. Acts of hostility toward Biblical values:
January 2009 Obama lifts restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, forcing taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations. 26
January 2009 President Obamas nominee for deputy secretary of state asserts that American taxpayers are required to pay for abortions and that limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional. 27
March 2009 The Obama administration shut out pro-life groups from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit. 28
March 2009 Obama orders taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research. 29
March 2009 Obama gave $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN population agency that promotes abortion and works closely with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations. 30
May 2009 The White House budget eliminates all funding for abstinence-only education and replaces it with comprehensive sexual education, repeatedly proven to increase teen pregnancies and abortions. 31 He continues the deletion in subsequent budgets. 32
May 2009 Obama officials assemble a terrorism dictionary calling pro-life advocates violent and charging that they use racism in their criminal activities. 33
July 2009 The Obama administration illegally extends federal benefits to same-sex partners of Foreign Service and Executive Branch employees, in direction violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. 34
September 16, 2009 The Obama administration appoints as EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who asserts that society should not tolerate any private beliefs, including religious beliefs, if they may negatively affect homosexual equality. 35
July 2010 The Obama administration uses federal funds in violation of federal law to get Kenya to change its constitution to include abortion. 36
August 2010 The Obama administration Cuts funding for 176 abstinence education programs. 37
September 2010 The Obama administration tells researchers to ignore a judges decision striking down federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. 38
February 2011 Obama directs the Justice Department to stop defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act. 39
March 2011 The Obama administration refuses to investigate videos showing Planned Parenthood helping alleged sex traffickers get abortions for victimized underage girls. 40
July 2011 Obama allows homosexuals to serve openly in the military, reversing a policy originally instituted by George Washington in March 1778. 41
September 2011 The Pentagon directs that military chaplains may perform same-sex marriages at military facilities in violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. 42
October 2011 The Obama administration eliminates federal grants to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for their extensive programs that aid victims of human trafficking because the Catholic Church is anti-abortion. 43
4. Acts of preferentialism for Islam:
May 2009 While Obama does not host any National Day of Prayer event at the White House, he does host White House Iftar dinners in honor of Ramadan. 44
April 2010 Christian leader Franklin Graham is disinvited from the Pentagons National Day of Prayer Event because of complaints from the Muslim community. 45
April 2010 The Obama administration requires rewriting of government documents and a change in administration vocabulary to remove terms that are deemed offensive to Muslims, including jihad, jihadists, terrorists, radical Islamic, etc. 46
August 2010 Obama speaks with great praise of Islam and condescendingly of Christianity. 47
August 2010 Obama went to great lengths to speak out on multiple occasions on behalf of building an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero, while at the same time he was silent about a Christian church being denied permission to rebuild at that location. 48
2010 While every White House traditionally issues hundreds of official proclamations and statements on numerous occasions, this White House avoids traditional Biblical holidays and events but regularly recognizes major Muslim holidays, as evidenced by its 2010 statements on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha. 49
October 2011 Obamas Muslim advisers block Middle Eastern Christians access to the White House. 50
February 2012 The Obama administration makes effulgent apologies for Korans being burned by the U. S. military, 51 but when Bibles were burned by the military, numerous reasons were offered why it was the right thing to do. 52
"Many of these actions are literally unprecedented this is the first time they have happened in four centuries of American history. The hostility of President Obama toward Biblical faith and values is without equal from any previous American president."
All from Mr. Barton's blog post cited in the original article of this thread.
I thought so too, but because the poster has been around since 2003 I was willing to give the poster a chance to explain their TROLLISH comment.
If I may.............yours is my favorite non-name name.
We are not without hope in America so long as God is still giving us leaders like David Barton!
Thank you!! Back in ‘05 I signed up but gave myself that weekend to come up with a name and change it. I never got around to it! Maybe I should just change it to ‘procrastination’. LOL!!
Indeed and I like your attitude!
Perhaps people should seek Barton as a motivational speaker if that is what they admire about him. His “history” is not admirable.
It is a simple summary.
Christians and conservatives undermine any points they might try to make when they trot out Barton to support their cause. Actual, real American history is beautiful without being told how to filter it or having it filtered for us.
Your tagline suggests you are interested in the truth. Why are you afraid of the truth about David Barton?
I'm hoping you have him confused with someone else....otherwise you're deliberately spreading false information on a conservative website.....and you should betake yourself somewhere else, pronto.
Posting a link to the typical leftist atheistic argument against Mr. Barton (I have seen it used before) is no defense against TROLLISM! You nailed it with that first post, and I say “Amen!” to your latest. It is apparent that the TROLLS are getting better at their subterfuge. They are finding ways to get their propaganda in under the radar.
David Barton is a hack regarding history. He makes stuff up, disregards historical method, and doesn’t understand that presentism is wrong and dangerous.
Here is some BS from your link: He's not interested in knowing much about the history of colonial America or the US in the early republic.
In order to refute Barton you must show he fabricated his sources. You cannot.
Wow...you have exposed yourself now. Incredible. David Barton is one of the few people you shouldn’t try to discredit.
He is an honest, ethical and principled man who has a little secret...
He has many of the original authentic documents from our founders, our presidents and many historical artifacts from other countries, etc...
You can’t break his arguments, his facts cannot be disputed because they are THE FACTS.
Every thing he does is thoroughly foot-noted, end-noted or otherwise cross-referenced for you to fully vet anything he says.
He 100% backs up his positions and he is absolutely spot on. ANY SERIOUS conservative would thoroughly embrace David Barton - he is a pillar of truth and shines the brightest of any conservative voice out there.
Want to learn the truth about our country - get Barton’s DVD series called The American Heritage Series - even a dolt like you will walk away with a very different and positive view of our country.
David Barton is not a historian. And there is no such thing as a “conservative historian”.
I saw a lot of stuff, mostly hostile to Christian perspective, and to Barton personally because he was not an academically trained historian, but in all the things you posted, and that were posted in the blog, I did not see one thing that proved a factual error on Barton’s part.
Provide evidence where Barton has made a historical mistake, including the name, date, place and time where it was said, the exact content of what was said, references substantiating the same, and if an error was made, what you portend was the true factual statement that should have been made.
Coming from one who defends the use of the Nazi Swastika, I don't think you are the go-to guy for truth, Bud.
"The swastika has a 6000 year history, why should it be avoided just because Hitler was evil? And why should we run away from a star or a crescent?"
YOU ARE A TROLL!
Have you actually read or viewed any of David Barton’s material?
If so, what did you find that was in error?
Have you actually read or viewed any of David Barton’s material?
If so, what did you find that was in error?
What, praytell, have I exposed?
David Barton has a history of making things up to advance his cause.
Google is your friend, try it sometime.
I don’t need Barton to teach me anything because I know what a primary source is. (It is one of those pesky little things that prove Barton to be a hack. LOL!)